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Walter Gordon, Floyd Talbert, John Eubanks, unknown, Francis Mellet of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division. D-Day

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“Hoobler returned and began to prepare for the patrol. He put on his wool-knit cap, rubbed dirt into his face and the backs of his hands, and borrowed a Thompson from little Mack of the mortar squad. Filling his pockets with clips of bullets, he tried to keep up a running chatter, but his voice broke, his hands trembled, and he began to stutter. It was the first time I had ever seen him show fear, and I admired him very much for forcing himself to go along.”

-David K. Webster, Parachute Infantry.

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With a heavy heart we announce that two 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers were killed in Afghanistan on 02 August when their patrol was struck by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in vicinity of Kandahar.

Specialist Christopher M. Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, N.C., and Sergeant Jonathon M. Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Ind., were infantrymen assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“The entire Devil Brigade is deeply saddened by the loss of two beloved team members,” said Col. Toby Magsig, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, the “Devil” Brigade.

“Spc. Christopher Harris was an extraordinary young man and a phenomenal Paratrooper,” Col. Magsig continued. “He regularly displayed the type of courage, discipline, and empathy that the Nation expects from its warriors.”

“Sgt. Jonathon Hunter was the leader we all want to work for - strong, decisive, compassionate, and courageous. He was revered by his Paratroopers and respected throughout his unit.

“Chris and Jon lived and died as warriors. They will always be a part of the legacy of the Devil Brigade and their memory lives on in the hearts and minds of their fellow Paratroopers. Our thoughts and prayers are centered on the families and loved ones of these two great Americans.”

Spc. Harris joined the Army in October 2013 and, following Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., was assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. This was his first deployment.

Sgt. Hunter joined the Army in April 2014 and, following Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., was assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. This was his first deployment.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald C. Speirs (20 April 1920 – 11 April 2007) was a United States Army officer who served in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He was initially assigned as a platoon leader in either Charlie or Baker Company of the 1st Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Speirs was reassigned to Dog Company of the 2nd Battalion prior to the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, before his unit was absorbed into Easy Company, of which he was given command during the assault on Foy after the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. Speirs also served in Korea, where he commanded a rifle company, and later became the American governor for Spandau Prison in Berlin. He reached the rank of captain while serving in the European Theater during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

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This is the only place in the Army for me.

Parachute Infantry (pg 157) David Kenyon Webster

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Paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division keep an eye out for opposing forces in view of Aurora Borealis during a base defense situational training exercise at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 26, 2016. The battalion spent much of Exercise Spartan Cerberus in subzero temperatures and emerged successfully training in Arctic, airborne and infantry tasks alike. 

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love)

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  • Me now: Technician Fourth Grade Eugene Gilbert Roe, Sr. (October 17, 1922 - December 30, 1998) was a non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II....

Members of the ‘Filthy Thirteen’ 101st Airborne, sport Indian-style mohawks and apply war paint to one another before going into battle, June 5, 1944.

The Filthy Thirteen was the name given to the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, of the United States Army, which fought in the European campaign in World War II. The Demolition Section was assigned and trained to demolish enemy targets behind the lines. They were ordered to secure or destroy the bridges over the Douve River during the Normandy Invasion of Europe in June 1944. Half were either killed, wounded or captured, but they accomplished their mission. This unit was best known for the famous photo which appeared in Stars and Stripes, showing two members wearing Indian-style “mohawks” and applying war paint to one another. The inspiration for this came from unit sergeant Jake McNiece, who was part Choctaw.

Poor bastard, I thought, listening to him. He’s trying to hide from us. He’s dying, and he knows we want to kill him. What a fate: to gasp your life out all alone in the mud of a dirty little creek, helpless to hold off the slow death that is inside you and the quicker death that is walking up on you on the other side of the water. A death without love, a death without hope. God, who invented war?
—  Parachute Infantry - An American Paratrooper’s Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich, David Kenyon Webster
Would you prefer for somebody else’s son to die in the mud? You want us to win the war, but you apparently don’t want to have your sons involved in the actual bloodshed. That’s a strangely contradictory attitude. Somebody has to get in and kill the enemy. Somebody has to be in the infantry and the paratroopers. If the country all had your attitude, nobody would fight, everybody would in the Quartermaster. And what kind of country would that be?
—  David Kenyon Webster, in a letter to his mother; from Parachute Infantry

“Rader and I were bound to argue; we has started already. Leader of the third squad, he was tall, thin, and rather sarcastic, but steady and not easily excited.

Hoobler was his assistant. An exuberant boy from the same part of Ohio as Rader, he was his complete opposite: raucous, hearty, laughing, disputatious. I wrecked his Thompson on a field problem in England when I tried to mow down a giant jackrabbit, but he had taken the accident as a joke, saying he preferred an M-1 anyway. Hoobler was young, cocky, and sturdily built. Nobody had to fear for him in combat.”

-David Kenyon Webster, Parachute Infantry